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Let "Fifty Shades of Grey" author E.L. James write about sex. Her husband has a thriller for young adults coming out in the U.S. this fall.
"The Solitary House" (Delacorte Press), by Lynn Shepherd: The star of Lynn Shepherd's intriguing mystery novel is mid-century Victorian London, depicted in all its filthy glory and without a hint of the jolly charm that found its way into the tales of Charles Dickens.
Writing series novels is tough. I did nine "Rogue Warrior" books, and that was enough. Making them fresh every time out of the gate; keeping your franchise character from getting stale; inventing the twists and turns that define the books; researching the tactics, techno-goodies and multiple locations that most action-adventure novels demand; and doing it all in the space of about 12 months per book -boy, that is tough work.
Until the 1950s, and even on up into the '60s and early '70s, a young unknown could sell a short story to a national magazine such as the Saturday Evening Post or Collier's and get $750 or even $1,000 for it.
Clare Vanderpool's "Moon Over Manifest," a young girl's magical and mysterious adventures in a small town in 1936, won the John Newbery Medal for the "most distinguished contribution to American literature for children."
Some years back, I worked with one of Hollywood's Better Known Screenwriters developing an idea about urban street cops that we hoped would become a concept that we could turn into an outline that might evolve into a proposal that we could then pitch to a studio so we could get front money for a script.
Best-Selling Books Week Ended July 11